How to choose the right spill kit for your site 

Did you know that all workplaces must make provision for the containment and management of spills in every area where hazardous liquid, including common cleaning chemicals, is used, handled, generated, or stored? Winc offers a wide range of spill kits to meet all your workplace needs. This April, in honour of World Day for Health and Safety at Work, we spoke with Glen Shepherd, Head of Health, Hygiene and Safety at Winc to help you choose the right spill kit for your workplace.

Understanding your obligations

Glen suggests starting your selection process by identifying any activities or areas of your site that may cause pollution. “Evaluating and managing the risk of environmental pollution happening at your workplace using a risk assessment approach is essential. Businesses can maintain compliance and safety by making sure they are up to date with the regulations that apply to chemical spills,” says Glen.

According to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, businesses who fail to implement adequate spill control measures face up to 5,000 penalty units ($1,110,000) for an individual and up to 50,000 penalty units ($11,100,000) for a body corporate1. “While each workplace is different, and the issues and responses required will vary accordingly, it’s important that your business has an incident management and spill response plan to ensure that any incidents that do occur are managed safely and in a manner that minimises harm to site personnel, the environment and the business,” explains Glen.

Determine the type of spill

Spills are generally classified into three types:

  1. Water-based liquids or non-hazardous chemicals (e.g. coolants, paint, degreasers)
  2. Hydrocarbon (e.g. oils, fuel, solvents)
  3. Hazardous chemicals (e.g. acids, corrosive liquids, cleaning chemicals)2

“Conduct a risk assessment to determine the types of hazardous substances used within the business and determine the potential hazards that could lead to a pollution incident,” says Glen.

Size of potential spill

According to Glen, considering the size of your largest likely spill is the best practice in ensuring your workplace has the correct size spill kit. “A good rule of thumb is selecting a spill kit that can absorb your maximum likely spill.”

So, which is the right spill kit for your workplace?

Winc can help you with everything your workplace needs to work safely, with a wide range of spill kits and absorbent products from well-known and trusted brands. View our latest Health & Safety catalogue to shop our wide range of health and safety products from well-known and trusted brands.

References:

1Australian Government, 2023, ‘Outcomes of compliance and non-compliance cases under the EPBC Act’, <https://www.dcceew.gov.au/environment/epbc/compliance/audit-outcomes>

2Stratex, ‘3 Spill Kit Types – Which to Choose?’, <https://stratex.com.au/which-spill-kit/>